Speaking ahead of Real Madrid‘s Champions League semi-final against Manchester City, Gareth Bale has explained exactly what Zinedine Zidane has done for Los Blancos since taking the managerial job at the beginning of 2016.
The French legend—who spent five glorious years as a player at the Bernabeu—replaced Rafael Benitez in January after the former Liverpool coach’s progress stalled in the capital.
Zidane certainly prompted an improvement at the Bernabeu, and Los Merengues have lost just once in La Liga since his appointment.
In recent weeks—due to Real’s consistency and Barcelona’s unpredictable slump—Zidane’s side have forced their way back into the Spanish title race and, with three games to go, the Madrid giants sit only one point behind their fierce rivals and capital enemies Atletico Madrid.
“He’s been amazing since he came,” the Welsh forward began. “Not just for me, he’s given us confidence and belief.
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“When we have that, we play our best football,” he continued. “Long may it continue.”
Zidane has won three and lost one in the Champions League since replacing current Newcastle United coach Benitez, and his Real side managed to overturn a 2-0 defeat at Wolfsburg to advance 3-2 past their German opponents in the quarter-final.